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Microcassette
Recorder
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Headset Safety
Powering the Recorder
• Do not play your headset at a high volume. Hearing experts
advise against continuous extended play.
• If you experience a ringing in your ears, reduce volume or discontinue
use.
• Do not use while operating a motorized vehicle or bicycle, it may
create a traffic hazard and is illegal in many areas.
• You should use extreme caution or temporarily discontinue use in
potentially hazardous situations.
• Even if your headset is an open-air type designed to let you hear
outside sounds, don't turn up the volume so high that you can't hear
what's around you.
Important Battery Information
• Alkaline batteries are recommended for longer play. Carbon-zinc or
nickel cadmium rechargeable batteries can substantially reduce play
time.
• If you’re not going to use your player for a month or more, be sure to
remove batteries because they can leak and damage the unit.
• Dispose of batteries in the proper manner, according to federal, state,
and local regulations.
• Any battery may leak electrolyte if mixed with a different battery type,
if inserted incorrectly, if all batteries are not replaced at the same time,
if disposed of in fire, or if an attempt is made to charge a battery not
intended to be recharged.
• Discard leaky batteries immediately. Leaking batteries can cause skin
burns or other personal injury.
Battery Installation
1. Open hinged battery door by pressing down just above the arrow,
sliding it as indicated and lifting up. Note that to avoid damage to the
battery door, do not attempt to force door beyond its normal stopping
point.
2. Insert 2 “AA” alkaline batteries into the battery compartment. Be sure
each battery is installed as shown on the battery diagram in the battery
compartment.
3. Close the battery door by lowering and sliding door into the closed
position.
NOTE: If the recording sounds distorted, or if the tape moves very slowly
or not at all, check the batteries, try AC power or a fresh set of batteries
before seeking service (See Record/Battery Indicator).
AC/DC Converter (not included)
To save batteries you can use the AC Converter to operate your recorder.
The cord plugs into the DC 3V jack on the recorder and the AC end plugs
into a household outlet. When the AC/DC Converter is used, batteries are
automatically disconnected.
Record/ Battery Indicator
• Recording Indicator—Light will remain on when in continuous record
mode.
• Battery Condition Indicator—When in the record mode, the brightness
level of the light indicates battery condition. When the indicator is dim
or does not light, batteries are weak and need replacing. Note that the
optional AC/DC Converter (5-1751) must be disconnected from DC 3V
jack to check batteries.
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Using the Recorder
Using the Recorder
Insert or Remove a Microcassette
Mic Sensitivity Switch
1. Press the STOP EJECT button to stop recorder or to open cassette carry
door and remove microcassette. Note that when in play or record
mode you must press STOP EJECT once to turn player off and again to
open the cassette carry door.
2. Insert microcassette into the cassette carry door with the side to be
used visible through cassette door window. Face exposed tape outward
and close door. Note that Rim drive and capstan drive tapes look alike,
but only CAPSTAN DRIVE MICROCASSETTE tapes will work in this
recorder.
This two-position switch enables selection between two microphone
sensitivity levels:
• HI —for maximum sensitivity for conferences or general use.
• LO —for a lower sensitivity level for dictation purposes.
TIP: Always push STOP EJECT button before storing.
This will relieve pressure on certain parts in the
recorder that might deform after long periods of time.
Tape buttons
REV
REW
FFWD
CUE
OFF • • ON
AVR switch
Tape speed switch
Headphone jack
Volume
Records continuously when the recorder is in the RECORD mode.
1. Press RECORD button (PLAY button will depress also). Note that your
recorder is equipped with a microcassette sensing mechanism. This
mechanism prevents the RECORD button from being pressed when
cassette is not in the recorder. (See Erase Protection.)
2. Select HI or LO with the MIC sensitivity switch. Recording level may be
fine tuned with the volume control.
3. Speak normally into the microphone. To obtain optimum recording
quality, place the recorder with the microphone freely exposed to
sound source and as close as convenient. A built-in automatic record
level control will set record level for optimum recordings. Avoid
recording near unwanted noise sources, such as air conditioners or
fans.
4. Push STOP EJECT button when finished recording.
REC
PLAY
PAUSE
STOP
EJECT
1/2 • • NORMAL
Record
TIP: For conferences, to obtain optimum recording quality,
place the recorder with the microphone freely exposed to the
sound source and as close as convenient. A built-in automatic
recording level control will set record level for optimum
recordings. Avoid recording near unwanted noise sources, such
as air conditioners or fans.
External MIC Jack
Mic sensitivity switch
Record with an External Microphone
To record with external microphone, plug the microphone
into the MIC JACK. The built-in microphone is disconnected.
HI • • LO
MIC
VOLUME
REC/
BATT
Headphone Jack
Plugging in an optional headphone the speaker is automatically silenced
for private listening. When recording with the built-in microphone, you
can use the optional headphone to listen to what is being recorded. Note
that the headphone jack is designed to permit use of stereo headphones
with your mono recorder. Playback will be heard in mono only.
Volume Control
• Adjust the volume when in the PLAY mode to your preferred listening
level.
• Adjust the volume when in the RECORD mode to fine tune the
sensitivity of the built-in microphone for record operations.
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Using the Recorder
Using the Recorder
Automatic Voice Activated Recording Switch (avr)
Tape Play
The AVR feature allows the recorder to sense sound and to record only
when you are speaking into the microphone. When dictation stops for
approximately 6 seconds, tape operation will stop. Recording will start
again when you resume dictation.
• On position—a tape saver. Ideal feature to allow for hands-free
operation during dictation.
• Off position—The AVR circuit is disconnected and recording is
continuous when unit is in RECORD mode.
To listen to your recorded microcassette, rewind to the starting point and
press STOP/ EJECT button. Press PLAY and adjust the VOLUME to desired
listening level.
Record with AVR On
1. Place the AVR switch in ON position.
2. Press RECORD button (PLAY button will depress also). Note that your
recorder is equipped with a microcassette sensing mechanism. This
mechanism prevents the RECORD button from being pressed when
cassette is not in the recorder. (See Erase Protection.)
3. Select HI or LO with the MIC sensitivity switch.
4. Adjust the VOLUME control so that the sensitivity of the built-in mic is
at the point where your voice level will just activate the AVR feature and
automatically start recording. The first syllable or two may be lost when
you start recording, because this “sound” is used to turn on the AVR
feature. It is a good practice to make some “sound or say a short word to
activate the AVR before you begin actual dictation. Recorder will
automatically stop recording when you cease dictation for a period of
approximately 6 seconds.
5. Push STOP EJECT button when finished recording.
Pause Button
This convenient PAUSE feature is most helpful while recording because
you can stop the recorder momentarily without resetting the control
buttons. Depress the PAUSE button to stop operation in PLAY, RECORD,
FFWD, and REW modes. Press button again to resume operation. Note
that if the PAUSE button is activated (depressed) it can also be
deactivated by pressing the STOP button.
Tape Speed
• Normal—is the tape speed which is compatible with most single-speed
microcassette recorders.
• 1/2—doubles the record time and will allow up to 2 hours of recording
time when using both sides of a 60 minute (MC-60) microcassette tape.
IMPORTANT: Tapes must be played back at the same speed in which
they were recorded.
Playback Switch
During the PLAY mode, you can speed up the playback of recording tapes
by placing the PLAYBACK switch in:
• FAST—Speed up Playback, 15%-25% faster than normal playback.
• NORMAL—Playback at normal speed.
PLAYBACK
NORMAL • • FAST
Playback Switch
Rewind (REW)/ FAST FORWARD (FFWD)
• REW—Slide switch to REW to rewind to beginning or any point of your
recording. Press STOP/EJECT button after you have rewound the
desired amount.
• FFWD—Slide switch to FFWD to advance the tape. Press STOP/EJECT
button after you have reached the desired location on the tape.
Review (REV)/ CUE
This feature is helpful in finding the beginning or the end of the recorded
segment on the tape. While in PLAY mode, Slide and hold REV or CUE
switch and listen for change from noise to silence (end of recording) or
from silence to noise (beginning of recording).
When desired portion has been reached, release REV or CUE switch.
Use the same procedure if you want to skip a portion or listen to the same
segment again.
IMPORTANT: Do not change speed while recording.
1/2 • • NORMAL
Tape Speed Switch
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Care & Maintenance
Limited Warranty
Tape Erase
What your warranty covers:
• Any defect in materials or workmanship.
To erase a tape simply record over the unwanted recording.
For how long after your purchase:
• One year (The warranty period for rental units begins with the first rental or 45 days
from date of shipment to the rental firm, whichever comes first.)
Erase Protection
When you record new material, the cassette deck records over whatever is
on a tape. To protect a tape from accidental erasure, break off one or
both plastic tabs (one for each tape side) on the side of the cassette tape.
If you decide later to record on the tape, seal the hole with a piece of
cellophane tape.
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Quit Slacking
A little bit of slack in your tapes can cause scratches on
the tape, or worse yet, the tape could break. If you
notice some slack in the tape, use a pencil to tighten it
up before you insert it.
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Cleaning the Tape Heads
Over time, iron oxide particles from the magnetic tape build up on the
parts that come in contact with the tape. These deposits can cause
incomplete erasure, a muffled sound during playback.
To clean the heads, open the compartment door, push the PLAY button
and gently clean the heads, capstan and pinch wheel with a head cleaner.
Allow 30 minutes drying time when using a liquid cleaner.
What we will do:
• Provide you with a new, or at our option, a refurbished unit.
• The exchange unit is under warranty for the remainder of the original product’s
warranty period.
How to make a warranty claim:
• Properly pack your unit. Include any cables, etc., which were originally provided with
the product. We recommend using the original carton and packing materials.
• Include in the package evidence of purchase date such as the bill of sale. Also print
your name and address and a description of the defect. Send standard UPS or its
equivalent to:
Thomson Consumer Electronics, Inc.
Product Exchange Centre,
11721 B Alameda Ave,
Socorro, TX 79927
• Pay any charges billed to you by the Exchange Center for service not covered by the
warranty.
• Insure your shipment in case of loss of damage. Thomson accepts no liability in case
of damage or loss.
• A new or refurbished unit will be shipped to you prepaid freight.
What your warranty does not cover:
• Customer instruction. (Your Owner’s Manual provides information regarding
operating instructions and user controls. For additional information, ask your dealer.)
• Installation and set-up service adjustments.
• Batteries.
• Damage from misuse or neglect.
• Products which have been modified or incorporated into other products.
• Products purchased or serviced outside the USA.
• Acts of God, such as but not limited to lightning damage.
Product Registration:
• Please complete and mail the Product Registration Card packed with your unit. It will
make it easier to contact you should it ever be necessary. The return of the card is not
required for warranty coverage.
How state law relates to this warranty:
• This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights which
vary from state to state.
If you purchased your product outside the USA:
• This warranty does not apply. Contact your dealer for warranty information.
Erase head
Play/Record head
Capstan
Pinch wheel
The descriptions and characteristics given in this document are given as a general indication and not
as a guarantee. In order to provide the highest quality product possible, we reserve the right to
make any improvement or modification without prior notice. The English version serves as the final
reference on all product and operational details should any discrepancies arise in other languages.
Model 3-5375
55129910 (EN/E)
10330 N. meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46290
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